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Front Row (L–R): John Michaels, Elijah Smith, Vince Payne, Greg Cox, Jordan Garcia, Kenny Berger, Dustin Watts, Olajuwon Diggs, Elijah Jordan, Spencer Novak
Back Rom (L–R): Head Coach Brock Veltri, Sam Franks, Chris Hailer, DJ Billingsly, Malik Barnes, Isaac Ladines, Aaron Watts, Daniel Canzater, Darren Silas, Truman Van Dalen, Manager David Villarreal, Asst. Coach Tyler Amaya
|Elijah Smith||1||PG||6'3"||FR||Foothill (NV)|
|Vince Payne||5||G||6'3"||FR||El Modena (CA)|
|Greg Cox||12||G||5'9"||SO||Foothill (NV)|
|Olajuwon Diggs||15||G||6'3"||FR||Desert Pines (NV)|
|DJ Billingsly||23||F||6'5"||FR||Eldorado (NV)|
|Kenny Berger||30||G||6'2"||SO||Kuna (ID)|
Head Coach: Brock Veltri
Assistant Coach: Tyler Amaya
Student Manager: David Villarreal
The Skagit Valley College Athletic Department would like to welcome new Head Men's Basketball Coach Brock Velri to the Cardinal Family.
Coach Veltri comes Skagit Valley after a 3-year stint as Associate Head Coach at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, coaching under twin brother Brandon Veltri. Prior to Carroll College, Brock was at Seattle Pacific University for 5 years the Head Assistant Coach serving as SPU’s head recruiting coordinator, oversaeing in-season scouting of opponents, skill development efforts and was in charge of scheduling and travel for the Falcons.
Prior to SPU, Coach Veltri spent two years on the staff at Scottsdale CC where he was also the Sports Information Director, and 1 year at Idaho State while completing a Master's in Atheltic Administration. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City Utah.
Coach Veltri has coached for 13 seasons, including 11 at the college level and knows the NWAACC well having played for 2 years at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, WA alongside his brother.
In addition to his coaching duties, Veltri will manage SVC’s Cooperative Education and Learning Into Action programs and assist students in meeting their work-based learning requirement for an Associate in Technical Arts degree. He will also work with employers in providing student placement opportunities and monitoring and assessing student performance in their Cooperative Education experience.
“I am very humbled and excited to be leading the SVC Men’s Basketball program,” said Veltri. “I am also looking forward to helping students gain important job skills in my role as Cooperative Education Coordinator.”
“Brock Veltri will make a big contribution to basketball at SVC and he will inherit a solid program,” said Gary Knutzen, SVC’s Athletic Director. “We owe a debt of gratitude to Dick Freier, who generously stepped forward to coach the team so that our program didn’t miss a beat during the past year. I especially appreciate the energy and dedication he gave to recruiting players and strengthening the program.” Freier, who served as Assistant Coach forRoger Valentine for 19 years, served as interim Men’s Basketball Coach during the 2012-13 season, following Valentine’s retirement.
Freier and his assistant and former Cardinal, Todd Hinderman, will both return to coach with Veltri this season.